Title: ESME’S WISH
Author: Elizabeth Foster
Pub. Date: October 30, 2017
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Formats: Paperback, eBook
“A fresh new fantasy of an enchanting world.” – Wendy Orr, author of Nim’s Island and Dragonfly Song.
When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?
But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.
After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about her mother, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.
This fresh, inventive tale is an ideal read for younger teens.
I quickly have to thank RockStar Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of this book tour and for sending me a ecopy of this debut book to read and review for you today.
This is the first book in a new and exciting series that I am really excited to read and continue. When I first got the email for this I knew this was a book and author I really wanted to try out and I am so happy that I did. This was a quick read and I think I managed to read it almost in one sitting but I do have to credit a rainy day for allowing me to do so.
Just before I get into my review I just have to take a quick second to comment on the cover, isn’t it pretty? If I saw this sitting on the bookshelf or table at a bookstore I would definitely be drawn to it and want to pick it up to see what the book is about.
Also I noticed after I read this that I am starting to like some young adult fantasy. This is one of the things I love about doing my blog and taking part in blog tours because it exposes you to different books and genres you might not normally pick up or hear about.
I was instantly hooked after reading the first page of the book and that is because our main character is Esme, she is a 15 year old girl and she is sitting in the front row of her father’s wedding and the vicar has just asked if anyone knows why they should not be lawfully wed and she raises her hand and says I object.
Instantly we are thrown into the story line because you want to know why would Esme want to object to her father getting married? Is it the fact she doesn’t like his new wife? Is there another reason? All the things that make you want to read and I know I wanted to learn why she would object. The only think I found that was a little off was the ceremony continued like nothing happened. Like what Esme had to say didn’t matter and I hope that it would be revealed why no one listened to her.
We do find out why Esme objected at the wedding and after reading it I can honestly see why she would. Seven years prier her mother, Ariane has disappeared and everyone has come to accept it and move on with their lives, her father included but to Esme she feels as though there is more to the story and she is determined to find out what happened to her mother.
When she is left at home while her dad goes on his honeymoon Esme decides that she is going to look into what really happened and get to the bottom of it. Though all her research she discovers Aeolia and enchanted world. Its here that she begins to find out the first clues to her mother’s disappearance. Will Esme uncover the hidden mystery and find out what really happened to her mother?
I instantly feel in love with Esme’s character. She is a girl who truly loves her mother and is loyal to her. She is the only one that hasn’t given up on her and you can see that in her. I loved that she was a strong and determined girl who let nothing stand in her way and she overcame her fears. I think more middle grade/ young adult books need more characters like Esme. She didn’t let anything stop her.
Through her search she makes two really good friends, Daniel and Lillian who help her and reading this friendship develop was so sweet. It makes you realize that you want friends just like them.
What will Esme do when she begins to uncover who her mother really was?